Abbey Sempebwa was a quiet and reserved excessive schooler with pores and skin points and low shallowness. However now, the OU museum anthropology junior is fresh-faced and the CEO of her personal skincare line, Summer Skin, LLC.
Abbey mentioned she struggled along with her pores and skin all 4 years of highschool. She was a member of the drill group at her highschool and educated as a ballet dancer in her free time. She mentioned her pores and skin points dwindled her confidence as a performer.
“I used to be always on show (as a dancer), and I felt actually self aware,” Abbey mentioned.
By way of attempting to enhance her personal pores and skin, Abbey mentioned she developed a ardour for skincare and began studying no matter she might concerning the topic. Throughout her quest to seek out one of the best skincare, she got here up with the thought for Summer season Pores and skin.
From her detox cream to vitamin C serum and beard oil, Abbey mentioned she’s extraordinarily happy with the standard of merchandise she’s been capable of create as a younger, Black entrepreneur.
“After I was youthful, I at all times had that entrepreneurial spirit. … I at all times knew that I wished to have a enterprise. I simply did not actually know what it might be,” Abbey mentioned.
Based on Abbey’s mom, Ingrid Sempebwa, Abbey has at all times been keen about serving to others, so when Abbey advised her mom she had began a enterprise, Ingrid mentioned she wasn’t stunned within the slightest.
“Her perseverance is an inspiration to me,” Ingrid mentioned. “I draw on that for me. I believe ‘If Abbey can do it, I can do it.’”
Abbey at the moment sells her merchandise on-line by the Summer Skin website, however she hopes to develop to retail shops quickly and presumably run her personal storefront. She mentioned she suffers from persistent ache because of fibromyalgia — a situation that causes widespread ache and fatigue — and though this may be discouraging, she makes use of her skincare as a type of remedy.
“I am undoubtedly massive into self-care as a result of when you’ve persistent ache you are at all times attempting to do one thing to alleviate or forestall irritation,” Abbey mentioned.
Past serving to individuals really feel extra assured, Abbey says she additionally hopes to function a job mannequin. Her father is from Uganda, and he or she mentioned as a Black lady, she would have beloved to have seen extra Black-owned companies and businesswomen when she was youthful.
“If there are any little Black women utilizing my merchandise, (I hope) it might maybe encourage them to really feel like they will do the identical and achieve success with any enterprise that they wish to begin as nicely,” Abbey mentioned.
Abbey mentioned the magnitude of assist she’s acquired from individuals inside the OU neighborhood and others has motivated her.
“It’s a blessing being a Black CEO. … I really feel inspired and empowered as a result of I’m happy with how onerous I’ve labored to place my model’s title on the market, as a result of there’s not quite a lot of Black magnificence manufacturers,” Abbey mentioned.
Even within the present racial local weather of the U.S., Abbey mentioned she feels longing for the longer term.
“There’s quite a lot of nationwide turmoil occurring proper now for Black individuals, however we’re a resilient individuals,” Abbey mentioned.
Though Abbey is at the moment finding out museum anthropology and hopes to be a museum curator, she mentioned she plans on maintaining Summer season Pores and skin up and operating the enterprise for so long as potential. She mentioned she has at all times thought-about herself shy, however operating her personal firm has given her braveness by pushing her to discuss the model in entrance of hundreds of individuals.
“I might undoubtedly say (proudly owning Summer season Pores and skin) helped my confidence and made me really feel extra snug with myself,” Abbey mentioned. “It helps me consider in myself extra once I see that individuals are having fun with the merchandise.”
Abbey started creating her merchandise when she was in Hawaii a couple of years in the past. She mentioned she was impressed by the “island vibe and spa feeling” there and wished to bottle that atmosphere into her skincare merchandise.
“The coconut face scrub — that is actually good for exfoliating, and I actually, actually like that,” OU promoting senior and Summer season Pores and skin buyer Lauryn Smith mentioned. “It’s tremendous tender, but it surely would not injury your pores and skin. I exploit the cucumber eye gel, and it legitimately smells like cucumbers.”
Smith mentioned since utilizing Abbey’s merchandise, she’s seen a dramatic change in her pores and skin’s well being.
“My pores and skin tone was undoubtedly evened out. … It would not go away my pores and skin feeling dry, and it is by no means damaged me out earlier than,” Smith mentioned.
Smith, who has been Abbey’s pal for round two years, mentioned she admires Abbey’s skincare information and her need to assist individuals with their pores and skin points in any manner potential.
“She’s undoubtedly keen to speak to you one-on-one. … She’s not simply going to suggest her merchandise,” Smith mentioned. “After all, she would love so that you can purchase her merchandise, however she’s additionally keen to recommend different issues which have helped her or she is aware of are good. … She simply needs you to really feel snug in your individual pores and skin.”
Abbey exhibits her dedication to her enterprise by her rigorous manufacturing course of. Whereas growing Summer season Pores and skin, Abbey mentioned she particularly chosen a producer that focuses on skincare. She mentioned she could be very concerned within the manufacturing course of, and each ingredient put into her merchandise have to be accredited by her.
Abbey mentioned the standard of her merchandise is of the utmost significance to her. If she is sad with the consistency, odor or efficacy of a product as soon as she assessments it on herself, she sends it again to the producer to alter the components. She mentioned she meticulously selects the elements with the intent to assist individuals resolve their hard-to-beat pores and skin points.
“Quite a lot of the occasions when individuals are having these thriller breakouts, they only do not know how you can repair their pores and skin,” Abbey mentioned. “So it was essential that my model was contemporary and clear and had elements that had been really good to your pores and skin, (and) that would not work in opposition to it.”
Abbey mentioned her religion performed a big half in her resolution to create Summer season Pores and skin, and he or she hopes her merchandise are capable of carry individuals happiness. She mentioned she was impressed by the Bible verse, “Every of it’s best to use no matter present you’ve acquired to serve others, as devoted stewards of God’s grace in its numerous kinds,” 1 Peter 4:10.
“When (prospects) use the merchandise,” Abbey mentioned, “I need them to really feel higher of their pores and skin.”
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